TIME’S UP: Let’s Talk, Let’s Rebel, Let’s Make A Change

A week back Oprah Winfrey gave a very moving and inspiring speech at the Golden Globes Awards 2017. Her speech, in fact all the great women who came out supporting each other with #TimesUp project, had me filled with so much hope! So so much hope!

You must be thinking it’s not the first time women spoke up so what’s new, why to be hyped up about it? Well, we need to speak up from time to time to reassure that if not anyone, we have each other. We are not alone, but we are in this together. We will be listened to, our questions will get answered, we will not be shamed for calling out our abusers. And most importantly, it’s TIME’S UP. Time’s up on silence. Times’s Up on waiting. Time’s Up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse.

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Photography – ashbeearts | Editing, conceptualization, makeup and styling – Ankita Bardhan

And since the abuse of power and sexual assaults don’t seem to stop. We all have to constantly put in efforts so no one ever feels weak or helpless to talk about abuse they faced and call out their abuser. Projects like Time’s Up not only encourages but gives hope that you won’t be alone, you just need to take the first step.

Here’s an excerpt from Oprah’s speech, in case you need to read it today (or maybe reminded of 🙂 )

 

I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.

For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.

In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.

 

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While silently browsing through Twitter, I came across this story and wanted to share with you all – 

There has been times when I was this teenager girl, I could have walked away but I froze. I was scared as once I have been followed when I walked off. Moreover, they start “the conversations” very innocently and once you engage in the talk, suddenly it will escalate to creepily personal level. And now you can’t tell this creep to back off cos’ ‘hey, I am just trying to have a small talk, why are you over reacting?’ (yep been there) And I can’t tell you how times I prayed I had a savior like this woman in such situations. Cos’ clearly some men don’t understand that’s one’s not interested or probably they don’t want to understand it. And sadly this happens to a lot of woman for often than you think.

Here’s what you can do whenever you feel suspicious that a woman is stuck in an uncomfortable situation where a stranger is being creepy, making unwanted advances & won’t leave her alone. Just walk up to the girl and shout loudly “HEY TANIA!! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? I WAS LOOKING FOR YOU!” Chances are she will gladly be the Tania, who was waiting for you. And if by chance you assumed the situation wrongly and you get a confused look from the woman you thought needed your help… well then you move on with your life. But there’s no need to feel embarrassed cos’ you were just being alert & trying to help. Yes, this feels like being bit nosey but trust me, you will be surprised to find so many Tania’s!

And to be very honest, if I can help even one woman with this trick I am ok with rest of the misses. I am sharing this with you cos’ I don’t want to just talk about projects like Time’s Up but want to proactively make efforts to help make a change.

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About the outfit:-

I usually don’t wear over sized clothes, but I have been trying this style lately. Hence I wore this over-sized vintage red and white stripes sweater. Tbh kinda hate how this sweater doesn’t give or accentuate the body shape. This Only beret is my fave accessory for the winters. Trousers and trench coat are from Van Huesen.

 

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Photography – ashbeearts | Styling, conceptualization, makeup and editing – Ankita Bardhan

 

Real Girl Talks has always been a space where I can talk about topics that concern me and can raise awareness about topics that need to be talked about more often. Have always been passionate about creating the right influence and discussing these things with like-minded people like you all. Would you like me to include such topics more often in my blog? Annndddd don’t forget to share your thoughts on Time’s Up project in the comments.

 

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Ankita <3

71 Replies to
TIME’S UP: Let’s Talk, Let’s Rebel, Let’s Make A Change

  1. Laura Marie (@lauramariescott) says: Reply

    What a wonderfully inspiring post and you’re so very right, it’s important to raise awareness especially on sensitive topics such as this. Wonderful things happen when we support one another and lift each other up. Kindness really does matter in life and communication goes a long way, and that’s the great thing about awareness.

    Your outfit here is just gorgeous, warm tones really suit you, oversized clothes are so comfy!

    Happy 2018!

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

  2. Love your post! So meaningful and inspiring! Such an amazing idea!
    xx Leah

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  3. I loved your post! It’s so inspiring and well said! It’s great to share this!

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  4. kathrineeldridge1 says: Reply

    I love Oprah’s speech. So inspiring! I love your suggestion of how to rescue someone who is uncomfortable. I will remember that.

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  5. Courtney Hardy says: Reply

    Wow this was so inspiring!! I love it.
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  6. good one! Keep it up.

  7. I read in Germany also about Oprah’s speech and I think she is simply impressing and what she said is very touching and true. Thanks for sharing the parts of her speech here. And kudos to this woman who saved the girl – it is impressing that she took that attention and courage. Not to forget: your outfit is fantastic and I like this relaxed look on you!
    xx Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  8. Love your entire look, so pretty!!

  9. Amazing girl!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS

  10. I love this movement, and I love the way women are joining forces to make some serious change. Time is UP!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  11. Her speech really was incredible and so eloquent. I love your point about how we constantly need to put in effort to ensure no woman ever feels afraid to speak out their truth! On a different note, you look beautiful in these photos! 🙂

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    x

  12. jenniferpickering22gmailcom says: Reply

    Love this post so much!! Thanks for writing this!!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  13. The Style Contour says: Reply

    I’ve always admired Oprah’s wisdom and encouragement she offers women. She’s such an inspiration and such a woman’s woman who truly does want to see other women win in life. Thanks for sharing that excerpt with us and I adore your outfit; that hat look sos cute on you!

    XO,
    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

  14. You look lovely and your message is very important for all women… thanks a lot for sharing it…
    Xoxo from Portugal

    marisascloset.blogspot.com

  15. This is definitely on point.
    I love Oprah to be honest,.

    Btw, you look so chic in this outfit.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  16. Loved to read this meaningful post. Oprah is such a inspiring person.
    Have a great weekend.

    Love, Esther
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  17. Great post! Love your blog!

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  18. I have listened carefully to what Oprah said and if I had a very high estimate of her now it hit the roof, she said everything I believe in and more!
    This is such a great post and I truly love your outfit!
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  19. A very timely blog post and a great read, thank you!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

  20. Love your writing girl, and that beret is so cute!

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  21. What a beautiful outfit, you look good
    Gros bisous
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  22. Love this post, and oprah’s speech is/was amazing.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

  23. jointyicroissanty says: Reply

    Such a cool look! You look so chic in that beret!

    jointyicroissanty

  24. Oprah is such an inspiration for us women. Her speech was very powerful and motivational. We need to stand for something for sure.
    You’re beautiful!

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  25. Irina Thayer (@irinathr) says: Reply

    Loving your outfit! Great pictures:)

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  26. There is just so much epicness in one post! I am SO on board with the Time’s Up movement and it makes me so excited that we have such incredible woman leading the way. There is so much more work to be done but this is the beginning and it’s only going to get bigger and better.

    Musings & More

  27. You look gorgeous and your post is wonderful! I agree women need to be less competitive and support one another just like men do. They support each other, we need that too. xoxo Cris
    https://photosbycris.blogspot.com.au/

  28. TheHiddenThimble says: Reply

    What an inspiring post!
    You’re right. We should never feel embarrassed to help if we sense something off especially if it can help someone in danger.
    We all need to support each other, women and men, to help keep our communities safe for all.

    Xx
    Siree
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  29. Yeeeay to #girlpower. Really inspiring post.

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  30. Elegant Duchess says: Reply

    It’s incredibly important to keep raising awareness of these issues otherwise they will never end!

    Love this empowered post girl! xx

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  31. nikkilivinglife says: Reply

    I love that when Oprah took the stage she didn’t waste any time on pleasantries or fluff. She definitely seized the attention of the world. I feel so lucky to be alive in this amazing time of change. I am looking forward to the future. Thank you for sharing this insightful post. Love you style too. The red beret looks amazing on you!

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com

  32. Eleine Pereira says: Reply

    So cute

  33. That speech was so powerful! I was moved by it too!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  34. Great look! 🙂
    Have a good day!

  35. Thank you for sharing this post! Oprah gave a very powerful speech!
    xo Yvonne
    http://www.aproposh.com

  36. A great post.. i was telling my husband about a few incidents from my teenage years and he was surprised we had never spoken about it before.. and i told him, it just didn’t seem like something I needed to bring up, that’s just what men are like. it’s a conditioned response, a response that needs to be thrown out and lit on fire. We do need to speak about it. It is important. And if that’s just what when are like, well they need to make a change not us.

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  37. Thank you for sharing this! I’m all about women empowerment and definitely love Oprah’s speech!

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  38. Mile High Dreamers says: Reply

    I LOVE THIS! So many times in life I’ve suffering through being Tania. I am SO energized by all the women standing up and taking action. Far too long have we been silenced, and that time is over. I’m such a believer in women supporting women, and if we stand together, we can’t be stopped!
    Thanks for sharing the love!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  39. Love this inspiring post! It’s so important to keep talking about this!

    Shauna

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  40. I love your powerful post! It was such a great and inspiring read! Thanks for sharing!

  41. laura mitbrodt says: Reply

    You look so cute, I love the red beret
    xo
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  42. Just passing by babe.
    You look wonderful

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  43. Great post!!! Thanks for sharing the twitter story! It’s a very simple but effective way to help other girls!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

  44. Giulia Malano says: Reply

    Beautiful outfit! Thanks for your comment in my blog, would you like to follow each other?:)

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  45. Beautiful outfit and beautiful you!
    Absolutely stunning photos!

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  46. So inspiring post!! I really enjoyed reading it. Opra’s speech was really powerful. Thank you for sharing it! Have an amazing week!
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  47. Gold Coast Girl says: Reply

    Love this post! Girl power!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  48. This post is amazing and inspiring!!
    xx- Nina

    http://www.ninalnguyen.com/

  49. Love love the outfit and I love love the topic you’re talking about. I’m 100% done with woman being considered a minority, considered inferior or called “the weal sex”. I have sworn to myself to never keep quiet about this topic, every single time I hear someone talking shit to a girl or a little boy saying to his friends that they “fight like a girl” I step into the conversation and tell them how girls are pretty good fighters too and in a matter of seconds I change their points of view. I am doing as much as I can to change it because I cannot take it anymore. Please keep raising awareness like you do!
    xx
    Ana
    http://www.anapicazzo.com

  50. It was a great speech! I am glad women are uniting and becoming confident!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  51. Yes! Real women support other women <3

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  52. LindaLibraLoca says: Reply

    The speech was indeed very powerful and inspiring, and this topic is close to my heart not only as woman, but as mother to a daughter that I don´t want to be abused.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  53. Love the outfit , nice and cozy! you look great darling
    bisous

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  54. I just LOVE that you use your platform as a blogger to talk about something SO SO important. Oprah’s speech gave me goosebumps <3

    xo, Allie
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  55. Hi! It’s very interesting. All of your photos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  56. What a really awesome post babe! Thank you for posting such a powerful testament to womanhood and the support of women by women. We have to be strong for each other. Love your cute look and that red beret is the icing. Have a wonderful weekend sweets.

    Together we ARE stronger.

    Xoxo
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  57. I just loved reading this post dear! It’s so important to talk about those issues, this is the only way we can change this world.
    Have a great weekend <3
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

  58. Such a lovely post!So inspiring:-)

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  59. Atsuna Matsui (@atsunamatsui) says: Reply

    Aw you look so cute in this beret! And seriously Oprah is the bomb hehe.

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  60. Aww I love what that girl did! How awesome is that! Yes to girls supporting each other!

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  61. I remember hearing Oprah’s speech and love how she is using her influence to spread a message across. I’m so happy to hear women stepping up and speaking out about the abuse and assaults they’ve faced. No one should be staying quiet and having to put up with these sort of things.

    I’m glad you’ve been influenced and want to be part of this movement!

    exquisitely.me

  62. Loving your style! You are so chic. 🙂

    Xx,

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  63. When I heard Oprah’s speech for the first time it sent shivers down my spine, it was truly amazing xx

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  64. I love this segment, it’s so nice to read about things like this. I also completely agree, and Oprah’s speech was a nice touch haha. Also – adore your beret, I’m literally going to hop onto the web to buy one for myself now haha.

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

  65. Alessa Bernal says: Reply

    you look exactly as selena! a latina famous singer from texas! you look cute
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  66. What an incredibly inspiring and empowering post. I missed Oprah’s speech and I’m happy that you quoted it on here. <3 Needed that Tuesday motivation!

    Sincerely,

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  67. Beauty And TIps says: Reply

    Great post! You look very cute!

    xx
    Linda

  68. What a nice look!
    Amazing post!
    Wish you a great day dear!
    Hugs
    Dili
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  69. Cielo Fronteras says: Reply

    I totally love this chic look! Great outfit!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  70. I had heard about the speech but to be honest I hadn’t listened to it so thank you for enlightening me. I love reading your take on it. We still have a long way to go but we are creating a beautiful path for the next generations, let’s keep at it. Much love Melody Valene

  71. Great message =)

    Lesley-Kim

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